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A fall is a symptom, not a diagnosis. Falling is not an inevitable part of aging and many falls are preventable. It is important that you know what to do to reduce your risk of a fall.
The effects of a fall can lead to distress, pain, injury, loss of confidence and independence. NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG have been working in partnership with Guildford Borough Council, Waverley Borough Council, Surrey County Council, Surrey Fire and Rescue Service, Age UK Surrey and South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) to produce the Guildford and Waverley Falls Prevention Pack.
The pack provides lots of useful advice on how to prevent a fall, along with information about local services available to support you and keep you living independently in the community.
A hard copy of the pack is available from your GP practice or by contacting NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG.
01483 405 450 firstname.lastname@example.org
Download and print your copy below:
Falls Prevention leaflet [pdf, 500kb]
Let's Get Steady Falls Prevention Sessions leaflet [pdf, 300kb]
Eatwell Guide (via Public Health England website)
Get Up and Go (via Saga website)
Exercise and Walking Groups Information Sheet - Guildford [pdf, 300kb]
Exercise and Walking Groups Information Sheet - Waverley [pdf, 700kb]
What's On Information Sheet - Guildford [pdf, 700kb]
What's On Information Sheet - Waverley [pdf, 700kb]
Let’s Get Steady
Falls Prevention Education Sessions
Let’s Get Steady is a free 2.5 hour falls prevention session that offers practical advice and guidance to reduce the risks of falls for individuals who have recently had a fall, are at risk of falling due to a long-term condition or are worried about falling.
The sessions are held monthly across both Guildford and Waverley boroughs and provide advice on:
• strength and balance from an occupational therapist
• medication, hydration and nutrition from a community matron
• safety within your home environment from an occupational therapist
• the latest community alarms and sensors
• local activities and strength and balance exercise classes available in your area
You can ask your GP, practice nurse or community matron to refer you in to this service or contact the Borough Council’s Care and Repair Team directly to book your place.
01483 444 476
Let's Get Steady leaflet [pdf, 300Kb]
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Participants that returned feedback questionnaires stated that they felt more confident after the session and have made positive changes.
‘I wasn’t aware there were so many services available from the council’
‘Thank you – the safety bars in our shower are due to be fitted today and we are having a survey for handrails up the stairs’
‘I am managing very well since the session and I am no longer worried about going to the shops and walking around the neighbourhood’
‘I am generally more aware of trip hazards’
‘I am trying to persuade people I know who are unsteady on their feet to come to your session’
‘I felt privileged to be invited to such a worthwhile session. The handouts are an excellent resource, a very good service’
‘I was grateful for having the opportunity to discuss my physical difficulties with the medical professionals’
Handy Person Scheme
Guildford and Waverley
The Handy Person Scheme may be able to assist you with small works to your property such as installing key safes, half steps, external galvanised rails, bannister rails and grab rails. A free home safety check is also offered to identify any potential falls risks. Some of the smaller installations listed above are free and the team can support individuals to apply for disabled facility grants when more significant adaptations to their property are required.
01483 444 476
Careline Community Alarm
A pendant alarm is ideal if you fall frequently or live on your own. It will prevent you from lying on the floor for long periods of time after a fall.
Careline is a 24 hour emergency call system, where you can simply press a button in an emergency and an alarm call will be sent to the alarm centre, which is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. An initial trail period is offered free of charge.
Additional equipment is available such as smoke alarms, pill dispensers, bed sensors and falls detectors.
Guildford Residents 01483 502 334 Waverley Residents 01483 523 535
Safe and Well Home Visits
Free Safe and Well home visits are carried out by Surrey Fire and Rescue Service. They combine home safety checks to help reduce the risk of fire in your home, and where appropriate, you will also be offered information to help improve your wellbeing, allowing you to live safer and more independently.
0800 085 0767
Staying Fit and Well
The recommendation from Public Health England is that adults should do strengthening and balancing exercises twice a week alongside aerobic exercise. Poor muscle strength increases the risk of falls by 76%. There are various strength and balance exercise classes taking place across Guildford and Waverley.
Social interaction is good for our brain health and can help if you are feeling lonely or isolated. There are many different ways of meeting people in your community.
Access our directory of services available where you live below:
- ROSPA - How to get up safely after a fall
- Chartered Society of Physiotherapy - Falls prevention exercises - Older People's Day
- Age UK - How to reduce your risk of falling
|Page updated:||1 November 2019|
|Next review due:||29 April 2020|
|Model Publication Scheme:||Class 9: The services we commission|